A disgruntled Cam Reddish still a good route for asset-challenged Miami Heat

Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat goes up against Obi Toppin #1 and Cam Reddish #21 of the New York Knicks(Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat goes up against Obi Toppin #1 and Cam Reddish #21 of the New York Knicks(Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are continuing to figure things out and that is proved by their record over their last 15 games or so, but there is still work to do. Though they look as though they are starting to be able to consistently get to some good things for them in their play, there still might be a move or so out there to accelerate that process.

And with that, you have to consider where the Miami Heat are. With not much in the cupboard and contracts that not many would consider taking on, they are left with the taste of creatively finding a way to potentially get something done.

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And typically in these types of scenarios, that involves creativity in both choosing the target and actually retrieving said target. One of the more popular ways to go about choosing a target when you can’t be very picky, something that the Miami Heat and all teams have taken advantage of for ages, is to take on a guy that’s unhappy in his current situation or disgruntled.

And of course, there is a guy or two out there right now that fits that mold. With New York on the schedule Thursday for the Miami Heat, why not focus the attention right there on Cam Reddish, of whom SNY’s Ian Begley recently had this to say.

"The Knicks are widely expected to trade Reddish prior to the Feb. 9 deadline. Reddish’s side expects him to be traded by the deadline and has no interest in the Duke product continuing to collect DNPs after the deadline if he is not traded."

The Miami Heat may want to add someone at the deadline, but need to get creative to do it. A guy like New York’s Cam Reddish still seems like an option.

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"If the Knicks move Reddish, it will be his second trade in a 13-month span. It would be surprising if the Knicks got a strong package in return for Reddish at this point. Teams know they are planning to trade him, so they aren’t incentivized to make big offers. And Reddish is entering restricted free agency."

That’s the targeting part, but the acquisition part will also require some creative maneuvering. That’s the thing though, it shouldn’t be that hard for them to get creative here and that is due to exactly what Begley mentions near the end of the above quote.

The Knicks, basically, don’t have any leverage as Thibs doesn’t play him anyway. He isn’t a four, per se, but at 6’8 would be one of the bigger players on the Miami Heat team and could definitely be used—creatively, to stick to the theme here, by Spo to help with some relief in those areas.

He would also add general scoring, all-around depth help, and is still only 23 years old. And last, with an expiring deal at the end of the year, meaning they don’t have to hitch themselves to him if it isn’t something they can build on, it’s definitely something the Miami Heat should look into.

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It’s well worth the risk.